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Account Your Blessings!


It’s that time of the year, and no I’m not talking about Christmas. I can hardly believe that Christmas tunes are playing in the mall and Christmas decorations have found their way into store windows. I’m a firm believer that Christmas should not be on the collective conscience until after Thanksgiving.

Call me old fashioned, but I need to focus on one holiday at a time.


Thanksgiving is around the corner and we are all accustomed to taking a good look at the things around us that should incite gratefulness. Chances are, if you are actively studying to become a CPA, you have a lot for which to be grateful. Let’s take a look at just three.


1) You are educated. In October of 2012, according to the U.S. Department of Labor, 16.1 million people age 16-24 were not currently in school.  Approximately 42% of high school age students were not currently enrolled in high school, and of high school graduates, only 66% went on to college. You are of the (basically) half the students in your generation that have received an education, and are preparing to enter the labor force, not just as workers, but as professionals. This is cause for celebration. Regardless of whether or not you are successful in passing the CPA exams, you are already blessed. You are educated, trained, and set up for a future in your field.


2) You are supported. People who are pursuing their CPA license are people who are at the very least supported by those who are educating them. In other words, even if you have no family and no friends (unlikely), you at least have the support of the people who have educated and trained you since you have the required credit hours to sit for the exam. You have professors and mentors who have affirmed your ability and your desire to become a CPA. But even more than your educators, you have family and friends who are supportive and understanding of your efforts. They know you have to study, help you celebrate after you’ve hit the books, and they pick up the slack when you need it. For this, you should be very grateful.


3) You are intelligent. Studying accounting is no free ride. The field of accounting is complicated and varied, full of codes, laws, and changes. You are good at memorization, intuitive with facts and figures, and able to capitalize on study time. Your intelligence is a gift, and with such a gift, comes responsibility. Use your gift of intelligence to make a difference in this field, and never forget to be grateful for your mind and your ability.


On the hard days of studying, it’s easy to think of multiple things to complain about. Try to focus on the things you need to be grateful for: your education, your support, and your intelligence.


Happy Thanksgiving!


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